Farm Crew

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We still have space in a a handful of  Farm Crew 2017 Production Skills classes!  Register here

Now accepting applications for Farm Crew 2018!  Please read the details below and APPLY.

By applying to Farm Crew you will enter a pool of applicants arming and Ranching jobs in Nevada County. Qualified applicants will be passed on to host-farms for final selection.  Once placed, Farm Crew will support and maximize your experience by helping you set and reach goals.  Advanced production skills classes, field trips, one-on-one advising and community building round out the experience providing Farm Crew members a positive and successful start in market farming and ranching. All farm placements are with ecologically-minded farms .

What is Farm Crew? Hands-on Training, Supported Learning

Farm Crew is a program that provides hands-on training and education to early career farmer and ranchers.  Local farmers and ranchers hire Farm Crew members to work for an entire season providing real world, on-the-job training and direct mentorship.  Outside of their workday,  Farm Crew members are supported by Sierra Harvest with formal coursework, field trips, and community building.

How does Farm Crew work? Live, Learn, Farm

Inspired by Rogue Farm Corps, our program utilizes the wealth of knowledge held by local farmers in the Nevada County area.  After an initial screening, qualified applicants are passed over to potential host-farms for hiring.   Host farms offer a wide range of job opportunities; from 5 hours per week all the way up to full time employment.  The typical work season in Nevada County is May to November, but job offers will vary from farm to farm.

While the host-farms provide the on-the-job training, Sierra Harvest provides a more formal educational framework to immerse Farm Crew members in agricultural studies.  Learn more about Farm Crew 2018 potential host farms here.

Farm Crew members will spend  3 hours every other week from May through November attending production skills classes (total of 15 classes- 45 hours of instruction.)

Production skill courses will include:  soil analysis, cover crops and soil building, soil tillage and cultivation, row crop irrigation, pasture management, pest management, animal health and husbandry, tractor technology, greenhouse management, seeding and transplanting, food safety, composting, and more.   Classes will be taught by local farmers, ranchers and agriculture industry experts.  Most will be held in the field (ie on farms.)  Check out the Farm Crew Production Skills Course for the 2017 season! 

Who can apply for Farm Crew?

Hard working people seriously considering a career in agriculture can apply for Farm Crew.   One season of previous farming experience is strongly encouraged.  People already working on farms and ranches in the Nevada County  region can also apply to attend Farm Crew Production Skills classes.

How to apply for Farm Crew?

To apply for Farm Crew 2018, submit this online application.  Be sure to attach a resume and cover letter.

The application period will close on December 31st, 2017.  Qualified applicants will be passed on to host farms for hiring starting in January.  Hiring decisions will be announced by the end of March.

What does Farm Crew cost?

Tuition for applicants that are placed in a farm job is $1035.  Tuition for applicants that are already working on a local farms or ranches is $635.  Scholarship requests are submitted at end of the online application form. 

When does Farm Crew begin and end?

Farm Crew begins in May and will end mid-November.  Host-farm job schedules may vary.

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